MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A cartoon in Australia’s largest national newspaper withdrew its condemnation Friday as racist for portraying US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, describing his new running mate, Kamala Harris, as “this girl of small coffee “.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris hears as presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event, their first joint appearance since Biden appointed Harris as his running mate , at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, August 12, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria / File Photography
Caricature by Johannes Leak in Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper, known for its conservative views, describes a Biden shocking saying Harris, the first Black woman with a national ticket to major parties, would help “cure a nation” separated from racism “as he went” For a lie “.
“It’s offensive and racist,” Andrew Giles, an Australian Labor politician and shadow cabinet minister, said on Twitter.
Former Attorney General Mark Dreyfus tweeted, “If the Australian has any respect for determination and standards, he should apologize immediately, and never publish cartoons like this again.”
But Australian editor-in-chief Christopher Dore stood by the cartoon, saying Leak was mocking Biden’s own words.
“The words ‘little black and brown girls’ belong to Joe Biden, not Johannes, and were uttered by the presidential candidate when he appointed Kamala Harris as his running mate yesterday; he repeated them in a tweet immediately,” Dore said. in a note to newspaper staff, given to Reuters by Murdoch’s News Corp.
Biden had tweeted on Thursday about his choice of Harris as his candidate for vice president: “This morning, little girls woke up all over this nation – especially the Black and Brown girls who so often can feel overlooked. and underestimated in our society – potentially seeing themselves in a new way: As an object of Presidents and Vice Presidents. ”
Dore said, “The purpose of Johannes’s comment was to ridicule identity politics and polite racism, not to perpetuate it.”
The leak did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.
Another Murdoch publication in Australia faced punishment in 2018 for a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams who had a mild temper at the US Open.
Fans, celebrities and civil rights groups called the cartoon racist, but the Australian media watchdog last year ruled the cartoons were not racist.
Reporting by Sonali Paul; Edited by William Mallard